AUTUMN’S ON THE WAY – Marilyn Armstsrong

September 16, 2019 – Autumn Leaves

Garry came back from the grocery and said that it looks like fall is showing up! So I’ll get some new pictures soon … if it doesn’t rain constantly. Last year, it rained almost every day through the end of September and then it got very warm and humid in early October. Instead of Autumn, the leaves just curled up and fell off the trees.

It started raining almost as soon as Garry got home, but if it will stay dry for a couple of weeks and give us some chilly nights, there will be pictures. Meanwhile, a look at previous Autumn seasons. We’ve had some really fabulous ones … and we’ve also had a bunch of duds. Let’s hope for a good one. I need a good Autumn. It would definitely lift my spirits!

AUTUMN WHILE IT RAINS – Garry and Marilyn Armstrong

FOTD – October 28, 2018 – October’s End


The giant storm didn’t really hit us. Apparently, it took a bigger whack at Boston and north, but here, it was just rain and a little wind. Nothing fell over. Power stayed on.

The dogs hated it, but otherwise, it went well. The grocery store made a fair bit of money. Locals cleaned the place out, just in case. Around here, they hear words like “nor’easter” and everyone’s mind says, “buried to my lips in snow and ice.”

Even though no snow was predicted, you just can’t be too careful.

A river full of water lilies – Photo: Marilyn Armstrong
Two Maple leaves – Photo: Marilyn Armstrong
Berries at Manchaug – Photo: Marilyn Armstrong
Reflection – Photo: Garry Armstrong
Shiny river – Photo: Garry Armstrong
Westward into the woods – Photo: Garry Armstrong

COLD WITH RAIN ROLLING THROUGH – Marilyn Armstrong

FOTD – A Chilly Night

It’s actually cold tonight. It was raining earlier. We had a little tornado and the power went out for about an hour. And it’s the first night of the World Series, so we were really hoping the band of storms would move out to see.

In Douglas, yesterday this maple was very bright!

It did. Game on!

The path along the river – Photo: Garry Armstrong
Maple

Summer never wanted to end, but winter seems pretty eager to begin.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

We got one and a half sunny days. Knowing how erratic our weather is, we went shooting on both days. Another day we went out, we managed to shoot during a sunny hour between the rains.

AUTUMN ALONG THE CANAL – Marilyn Armstrong

FOTD – as NIGHTS GROW COLD


Path along the canal and the footbridge to River Bend

Summer never wanted to end, or so it seemed. As we entered October and all the trees were still green, I gave up hoping for a sudden turnaround. Instead of a cold snap, it seemed to steam up. Then we got one cold night, more heat, humidity, and rain. And then, it got cold.

We got one and a half sunny days. Knowing how erratic our weather is, we went shooting on both days. Another day we went out, we managed to shoot during just two hours between rainstorms.

Walking along the canal on a sunny day in October

Our first stop was, of course, the Blackstone River. The river is the heart of the valley and almost all the most beautiful parts of the valley are linked to the river.

The little footbridge

This part of The Blackstone Valley Historic Corridor is the place where the canal and the river physically separate. The canal has not been used for more than 150 years, so it has developed a life of its own with spawning trout, nesting geese, and a million water lilies.

Footbridge from River Bend

I know I’ve taken a million pictures of this section of the canal. I can’t help it. I’m always sure there’s one more perfect picture to be taken and I’m going to take it. If not this year, then next year.

Hint of the pear tree
Pears

What’s interesting is that all of these parks are in fact physically linked to the river. Each section of the park is another section of the Blackstone with a place to park, then sit and watch the river flow past.

This particular two-part section, you can see — when the leaves are off the trees — from one part to the other. We used to walk our dogs from one part to the other along the path by the river.

I was a better walker back then. I miss walking.

MAPLES TREES ALONG THE BLACKSTONE RIVER – Marilyn Armstrong

FOTD – October 20, 2018 – Maple Trees

Garry and I went down to the River Bend Farm along the Blackstone River. The trees were still green except for the maple trees, a giant pear tree, and some Virginia Creepers. Also at home, I found some brilliant sassafras leaves which turn an incredible shade of yellow gold.

Red creeper
A really big maple tree
Virginia creeper in yellow – See the red version, too
Yellow leaves in a big pear tree
Fallen leaves
Oak leaves

MAPLES ALONG THE BLACKSTONE – Garry Armstrong

FOTD – October 19, 2018 – Maple Leaves

When we were down by the Blackstone River at River Bend Farm. Except for the maple trees, all the trees were dark green. It made a strange autumn scene.

Photo: Garry Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong
Photo: Garry Armstrong

A PEEK AT FALL THAT HAS ALREADY LEFT US — GARRY & MARILYN ARMSTRONG

We didn’t get more than a peek at the full autumn colors this year.


Home again.

It was late October by the time the leaves fully changed … and within hours, the rain began to fall. It was heavier rain, lighter rain … and finally, it ended in a crashing storm with high winds (I think they gave it a name — Phillip? I think?).

Gibbs and the great out-of-doors

Almost a million people in New England lost power and some still don’t have it making me feel even worse for those poor souls in Puerto Rico who must be wondering if they will ever rejoin the modern world.

The Mumford River — full foliage!
Photo: Garry Armstrong

There is nothing like the loss of basic power to make you realize what the 19th century was all about.

Except, of course, we were set up to function in that world back then … and now, we most assuredly (at least around here) are not.

Be that as it may, this is what we got of the fall. The only really brilliant shots were taken at the very end of the month and in the rain at that. A few were taken with my least auspicious camera, the tiny one I tuck in my back when I don’t think I’ll be taking pictures at all … what I call my “just in case” camera. At least that.

Both Garry and I took one set of shots on our own property during the rain and let us all applaud for Olympus OM-D weather-resistant cameras! It is nice knowing that a few drops of rain are not likely to ruin my cameras for good and all. I tried to label the pictures as his (Garry’s) and mine, but sometimes the signature is a big small and hard to see.

Since today is the first of November, it is a very good day for a photo roundup of our Autumn shots. There will be some more, of course. November is the month of the bronze and golden oak trees.

Photo: Garry Armstrong

They always run a month behind in the glorious color sweepstakes of autumn. Sometime during this month, when the light is just right, the sun will drift through all the oak trees and turn the rivers to gold. Meanwhile, enjoy what we were able to get of this year’s colors.

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